Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres had heard about the health and safety problems at Detroit’s Spain Elementary-Middle School and has asked America to help.
They have. The talk show star of the “Ellen DeGeneres Show” secured $500,000 from Lowe’s “in technology, materials for renovations around the campus, and funding for additional staff,” and convinced celebrity and singer Justin Bieber to donate.
The show reached out earlier this year to Detroit Public Schools about helping Spain make improvements, and the district had kept it quiet. The donation will go through the DPS Foundation capital improvements fund and be funneled to the school.
“When I heard about (the conditions at Spain), I knew I had to help,” DeGeneres said in a video taped Wednesday and posted to her website. DeGeneres contacted Lowe’s because “we knew we could make a difference.”